Life At The Table.

I was having coffee with a friend who is a doctor. He told me his family always has dinner together at the table in their home. This is a non-negotiable. I don’t have to tell you this is unusual in our frenetic culture. I’m sure it might even sound alien or unattainable or naively ambitious…

The Gospel is Enough.

I went to seminary to add spiritual resources to my toolbox — to be a spiritual heavyweight. Most of my adult life I’ve been in one Christian ministry role or another – a pastor, a youth pastor, a Sunday School teacher, a chaplain. One of my driving ambitions through all this time was to become…

Why Missionaries Need Counseling.

I actually believe we all need counseling. Many people resist it out of embarrassment, thinking, “If people knew I was in counseling they would think there’s something seriously wrong with me.” This is felt or said without the understanding of all the stuff in this world that sticks to us. It also represents an “I…

Spilled.

Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. — John 12:3 As I was praying this morning, the scene described in this verse came to mind. I…

Ordering Your Time.

I guess I thought I was doing God a favor when I left my job a couple of weeks ago. I was really proud of my contribution. My inner voice was saying, “He needs me to step off the assembly line of life and brainstorm and come up with this fool-proof plan to get fully…

Mom, I Quit My Job To Be A Missionary.

This week we celebrated a huge milestone in the journey of preparing for a life of missions work in Italy. Because we have reached a certain level of accumulated Outgoing Support (the amount of financial support needed to go and get settled in Italy) and Monthly Support (the amount of financial support needed for monthly…

12 Years of Chasing Dreams (Together).

Today, Amy and I celebrate 12 years of dream-chasing together. We’ve lasted longer, so far, than Amazon, Uber, Instagram, and Twitter! We were born at just the right time. I know this because our relationship started pretty much when Facebook started, and through it we have documented our journey. It’s been a gigantic success and…

What They Told Us To Do.

Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” — Acts 8:26   Recently, I was asked to drive to the airport to pick up a group flying in from Nicaragua, returning from a two-week missions trip. Since I have done this…

The Power to Share the Gospel in Another Culture.

“Our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.” — 1 Thess. 1:5 “Il nostro vangelo non vi è stato annunciato soltanto con parole, ma anche con potenza, con lo Spirito Santo e con…

Building courage in the heart of a disciple.

The disciple maker is a nurturer. You  are called to develop or to bring out courage in the heart of the woman or man God has brought to you. To be someone in the life of another who lovingly develops or brings out courage is such a tremendous gift all by itself.  Encouragement can come in so many forms. Through…

Discipleship is forged through the mess of life.

Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the Gospel of Good but our lives as well. — 1 Thessalonians 2:8 If you are looking for a neat religion where nothing gets mishandled and dirty, scraped and torn, then the life of a Jesus follower wouldn’t be for…

Discipleship should make us uncomfortable.

Our family was invited to dinner recently at the home of some new friends. They lived in a quiet neighborhood that was growing. The husband told me not long after they moved in one of the neighbors came over and told him about a weekly Bible study several of them were having together and asked…